From Other Writing

The Very Short Dead Critics Gift Guide

In the 1950s, three esteemed critics, Jacques Barzun, W.H. Auden, and Lionel Trilling formed the editorial board of the Readers’ Subscription Book Club. That Club and its successor, The Mid-Century Book Club, had as their missions to bring sophisticated new and classic books to a general public. The essays these critics wrote individually as introductions to these books are collected in the wonderful A Company of Readers (edited by friend of the site Arthur Krystal), and will provide fodder for future posts; but as a special holiday treat I’m going to look at one of the few selections they all…